In memory of Atlas Air Pilot Captain Ricky Blakely

Posted by Al Mardani on July 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Ricky, I don’t know why this planet take good people before any body else, and Blakey family please accept my condolence .
Posted by Kris (Satch) Ludington on March 25, 2019
For you, Ricky:
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
- John Gillespie Magee Jr.
Posted by Tracy Duwel on March 24, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Blakely family. 
I feel honored to have met you all. You will forever be a part of my life.
Posted by Joel Akin on March 21, 2019
My rugby brother Ricky. Glad we got to play together at A&M. You were one tough player and a great leader. I am glad we kept up on Facebook. You were the definition of cool. Love ya buddy!
Posted by Myrtice Owens on March 11, 2019
My heart is so saddened for the family in the tragic loss of Rick. May the Lord give you all His comfort and peace. It was a joy to know him growing up in Africa.
Posted by Denise Borrelli on March 8, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Blakely family. I am honored to have met you and you will always be in my heart. Captain Blakely was a loved member of the Atlas family and I learned so much about him from our brief time together. You are all amazing and special people. 
Posted by Vic S on March 7, 2019
My deepest condolences .Thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Mark Hagadone on March 6, 2019
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss . . . life is so short and from what I can piece together about Captain Blakely he really lived it to the fullest . . . I'm sure he did everything he could and fought a great battle to the very last.
Posted by Alvin Tay on March 7, 2019
On behalf of Atlas Air Asia Pacific office, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Blakely family. We are all deeply saddened by our loss. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Alvin Tay
Posted by Mary Paul on March 6, 2019
You always gave me a big hug and asked how am I doing when we fly 2gether :).
I will miss you dearly Ricky :(. That voice and cool smile of yours I will carry along.
You are in his hands now. My sincerest condolences to all of the Family indeed.
"We will see soon again Ricky, soon my friend".
Peace, Love, Always & 4Ever!
Respectfully, Mary :(!
Posted by Spencer McLennan on March 5, 2019
It was a pleasure to fly with Capt. Blakely this past December on a “peak season” flight to Mirabel (Montrèal) Canada. The communication was excellent and I looked forward to the opportunity to join with him again on another flight in the future.  He will be missed greatly!
Posted by Matthew Larkin on March 5, 2019
I had the absolute pleasure of flying with Ricky at ExpressJet many times. He had such a great way with words, always quick to share a story about his life, injecting humor and wit at every opportunity. With Ricky, a good laugh was always near. His energetic mood would uplift the entire crew, as well as his passengers. It was easy to see that he lived such a rich life and I feel blessed to have shared in a small part of it. I will truly miss you Ricky. My heart goes out to your loved ones, as I know they number in the many.
Posted by Bill Oliver on March 5, 2019
Our hearts are broken. No words ever seem to express all that we are feeling. Yet, we want you, the entire Blakely family, to know that we love you and pray God's richest blessings of grace, love, comfort, and healing on each of you during this time.
Posted by Nan Williams on March 5, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Nan & Terry Williams
Posted by Sonny Sweatman on March 5, 2019
We are so sorry to hear this, praying comfort and peace.
Posted by Joerg Andriof on March 4, 2019
To the Blakely family,
my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences.
Sincerely, Joerg Andriof
Posted by Sara Felder on March 4, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blakely family and friends.
Posted by Tresa B on March 4, 2019
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I can not imagine the shock and sadness that you are feeling.  I hope you have family and friends to support each other, if you need anything please let others help you! Please reach out if you need to talk or cry or yell, may god help you heal.
Posted by Scott Anderson on March 4, 2019
My sincerest sympathy and prayers go out to Ricky's friends and family. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing him personally and then hiring him in 2015.
Miami ATC Tower and TRACON representatives came over to the Training Center last Thursday and delivered flowers and Sympathy Cards.
Included in the signatures are the controllers from Saturday, February 23 when 3591 took off for Houston.
We are a very tight-knit industry, and when one experience’s a tragic event, the support is overwhelming.
The originals and a beautiful flower arrangement are in the Miami Training Center Lobby
I have added photos of the cards as well.
Posted by Ola Dapo on March 3, 2019
Rest In Peace Captain Blakely. My thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones.
Posted by Pritam Lskar on March 3, 2019
It is a sad moment for all of us to realise that Captain Blakeley is no more with us. On behalf of my family from Assam, India, I offer sincerely condolences to the Blakeley family. Rest in Peace, Captain.
Posted by Robert Dimare on March 3, 2019
Rest in peace Captain
Posted by Harry Sasaki on March 3, 2019
To the Blakely Family,
It was a shock to hear the unexpected news of Captain Blakely passing.
We extend our deepest sympathies. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
May he rest in peace.
Posted by Aida Arroyo on March 2, 2019
Prayers for strength and serenity to the Blakely family for your loss....
I had the pleasure of scheduling your New hire and Captain training. Your smile & lovely personality always showed over the phone. Always a pleasure to deal with you! 
I'm deeply saddened and I know you will be missed by so many!!! Rest in peace....
Posted by Alan Duncan on March 2, 2019
Ricky, my heart was broken, when Jim Davis called me on Saturday night, and said it was you who was on the plane. You were one of my dearest friends in East Africa, and I’ll never forget the laughs we shared, the great times on the sports teams we played on together, drinking chai at Chui Dorm, hanging out at Limuru and just sharing life together at Rift Valley Academy and around the world. I loved you like a brother! You and Hooten were there for me in Abilene, TX at one of my life’s toughest moments.
Your family is on my heart and in my prayers, and you are gone too soon. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit!” (Psalm 34:18) Uncle Vestal, Aunt Carol Jean, Doug and Mandy, as well as Rick’s family that I’ve never had the honor of meeting, thank you for sharing part of this great man’s life with me. Kwaheri na safari nzuri pamoja na Mungu!
Posted by Anthony Geinopolos on March 2, 2019
Memory eturnal rip captain
Posted by Spencer Schwartz on March 2, 2019
To the Blakely family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. We want to express our deepest sympathies and condolences as our family mourns with you.
Posted by Michael Steen on March 2, 2019
To the Blakely family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences.
Sincerely, Michael Steen
Posted by Kevin Sarubbe on March 2, 2019
On behalf of everyone here at the Atlas family, we are truly heartbroken. You have our sincerest condolences and we hope you find some comfort and strength in knowing that we will never forget.
Posted by Brian Wade on March 1, 2019
May Captain Blakey Rest In Peace.
Posted by DH Lee on March 2, 2019
I remember you in good smile whenever operating through in ICN.
Rest in peace.
Posted by Ubong Morgan on March 1, 2019
I pray the Lord grant the family and friends great fortitude to endure the pain of losing their loved one. Our prayers and thoughts for them as well.
Posted by Deborah Mc Millan Pillow on March 1, 2019
I cannot express the sadness we feel for your great loss! Praying Gods tender mercies.
Posted by Stephen Robinson on March 1, 2019
Thanks for your service Captain, may God grant your loved ones Grace and Peace. Rest in peace
Posted by Debbie Coffey on March 1, 2019
Our Atlas Air Family is mourning alongside yours. We will forever keep Captain Blakely in our hearts. We are sending prayers of comfort to your family.
Posted by Debra Auger on March 1, 2019
To the Blakely Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and may Captain Blakely rest in peace.
Posted by Miriam Soave on March 1, 2019
To the Blakely family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Posted by Patricia Goodwin-Peters on March 1, 2019
To the Blakely Family - Our hearts go out to you and your family. Ricky was a member of our Atlas family and we grieve alongside you. Forever missed and forever in our hearts.
Posted by Felicia Anderson on March 1, 2019
Captain Blakely was always kind and a gentleman, and always brought a smile when boarding the aircraft and when departing. We will miss seeing his smile here in San Antonio. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
God Bless. SKF Ground Operations crew
Posted by Merrill Woods on March 1, 2019
As an Atlas Air Aircraft MX Manager at LAX I get the privilege to meet so many of our awesome crews. I am also a fellow Pilot - but only for General Aviation. The loss of one of our own is so tragic. Myself and the LAX team will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the Blue Side Up, and fly high Captain ~
Posted by Bill Flynn on March 1, 2019
To the Blakely family, I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences. We share in your grief at this difficult time. Sincerely, Bill Flynn
Posted by Jeff Carlson on February 28, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with Captain Blakely and his family. I had the honor and privilege to proudly shake your hand as you completed Captain Leadership. Your picture rests prominently on my desk as a lasting memory.

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